Maren

Appetites Delight: Taste of Downtown San Diego

The Taste of Downtown hosts the biggest neighborhood tasting event this October 11, 2012.

The time has come to treat your taste buds. On October 11, 2012 over 50 restaurants in Downtown San Diego will open their doors for the Annual Taste of Downtown. For around the same price as dinner at one restaurant the Taste of Downtown supplies a smorgasbord of samples in the largest neighborhood tasting event in San Diego; including the East Village, Gaslamp Quarter, Financial District and Horton Plaza. Ticket price even includes complimentary shuttle service between neighborhoods to make sure you are able to hit all participating restaurants at your own pace.

Taste of Downtown Collage

Delicious offerings for this year’s Taste of Downtown.

It is the perfect opportunity to try everything that Downtown has to offer, including local favorites such as Cafe Sevilla, Katsuya by Starck, barleymash, burger lounge, The Merk Bistro, and The Field Irish Pub. Just remember to wear your stretchy pants. With so many options, you’re sure to leave with a full belly and a list of new favorite restaurants for your next date night, birthday party or family outing.

Annual Taste of Downtown Information

Where: San Diego’s Downtown
Date: October 11, 2012
Time: 5:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: $30 in advance/$35 Day Of
Website: www.sandiego.org/events/taste-of-downtown.aspx

Sandra

Seize the Fashions at San Diego’s Horton Plaza Shopping Center

Westfield Horton Plaza

Westfield Horton Plaza

Westfield Horton Plaza Shopping Center, known for its striking colors and architecture, offers great shopping at over 120 stores, dining and entertainment options  in the heart of San Diego’s thriving ultra-chic downtown. With well-known anchor stores such as Nordstrom’s and Macy’s, Horton Plaza is a great place to pick up the latest San Diego fashions.

Westfield Horton Plaza Shopping

A Few of My Go-To Stores

  • Bert Levi Family Jewelers is a third generation family owned and operated jewelry store has been around since 1926! I love their vintage pieces and trust their eye on the latest watches and fine jewelry designs.
  • BCBGMAXAZRIA always seem to be on-point with carrying the latest colors and styles of the season.
  • The Levi’s Store features the latest trends for both men and women on jeans and comfy-chic t-shirts.
  • Forever 21 is a staple to pick up the latest got-to-have-it fashions at fabulous prices.
  • Find the latest teen fashions at Abercrombie & Fitch or American Eagle Outfitters.
  • Some of my favorite shoe stores to visit are Aldo for men and women and Nine West for women.
  • Check out the Sanrio store to purchase the latest Hello Kitty trinket.
  • Stop by the Coach store to check out the latest tote of the season and see what kind of “sunnies” are being sold at Sunglass Hut.

Westfield Horton Plaza Entertainment Options

Entertainment, Food and Fun for the Whole Family

Everyone can find something to do whether catching the latest movie releases at Regal United Artist Theatre, playing arcade and video games at Tilt, or having a massage treatment at So Relax; this shopping center has it all.

For evening entertainment you have the Mad House Comedy Club featuring live comedic shows with dinner.

There is a multitude of places to eat at the food court but one of my favorite full service restaurants is Panda Inn. They are known for their walnut shrimp as well as their egg drop soup!

One Stop Shop

Another major plus is the convenience of having a U.S. Postal Store and a Travelex Currency Service Store. There is even a dog-friendly area to interact with your dogs and a 24 Hour Fitness!

> Find More Great Shopping at SanDiego.org

Tell me in the comments below, what is your favorite thing about Horton Plaza? Is it getting lost on the different floors, shopping, people watching or something else?

Katie S.

Skating Away in San Diego

Skating by the Sea

Skating by the Sea

When you think of San Diego you’re probably envisioning warm, sunny weather, beautiful beaches, hot nightlife scene and fun family attractions. What most likely doesn’t spring to mind immediately is ice skating.  Winter in San Diego transforms many of our attractions into snow bunny getaways.

The San Diego Zoo’s holiday Jungle Bells is a winter celebration throughout the park that runs through January 2nd. And what could be more fun that a whole day filled with wild animals and a skate around the Sabertooth Grill? The skate rink is open from 11 a.m. to closing, so you can enjoy a full day of sights and holiday lights and celebrations at night.

For the first year ever, SeaWorld opens an in-park skating rink during their Holiday Celebration. Come see their festive 30-foot Christmas tree lit up while you visit Shamu and friends and revel in the seasonal entertainment that includes carolers, the Night Before Christmas sea lion show and more.

Get your holiday shopping done at downtown’s Horton Plaza or the Viejas Outlet Center in north county and spend the rest of the day gliding along on ice. Both shopping havens are great for a holiday pick-me-up with family or friends, and a great way to enjoy a sunny day outside.

San Diego is also probably one of the only locations where you can literally ice skate on the beach. The Hotel del Coronado offers holiday Skating by the Sea through January 3rd, where you can go for a dip in the Pacific and then walk steps to the hotel for skating fun and hot chocolate.